For several years, I've been reading about the plight of the Honey Bee. While we think as a species we are invincible, we would do well to remember that it is a far and painful fall from the top of the food chain. If any of the steps up that ladder crumble, we come tumbling down. What's happening to the Honey Bee - hive abandonment, ill health, and disease - will have grave consequences for us and for all living beings that depend on plants somewhere along the nutritional way.
All of this reading about Honey Bees led me to consider eventually becoming a bee keeper now that bee keeping is legal in New York City. I recently added the book The Honey Connoisseur by Marina Marchese and Kim Flottum to my collection of honey books. the book goes through the history, science, regional differences, and agricultural considerations of the sweet stuff. It concludes with a handful of fantastic recipes and a detailed guide to creating a honey tasting. It reminds me of several well regarded wine books I've read, and rightly so. Honey is part art and part science, just like wine.
If you are interested in honey, curious about food in general, or looking to expand your culinary and cottage industry horizons, I highly recommend this read!